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Police directing people who gathered outside of a police station in Port au Prince on July 8. Photo: Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. delegation traveled to Haiti on Sunday to meet with the country's acting prime minister and national police force amid unrest following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The visit came after Haitian authorities requested troops from the U.S. to help stabilize the country and protect its critical infrastructure. The Pentagon has not yet made a decision, but spokesperson John Kirby said Sunday the U.S. is "analyzing" the request.

  • The delegation included members of the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and National Security Council.

What they're saying: The purpose of the meeting with acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph and Prime Minister-Designate Ariel Henry was to "encourage open and constructive dialogue to reach a political accord that can enable the country to hold free and fair elections," the White House said.

  • "The delegation reviewed the security of critical infrastructure with Haitian government officials and met with the Haitian National Police, who are leading the investigation into the assassination."
  • "In all their meetings the delegation committed to supporting the Haitian government as it seeks justice in this case and affirmed the United States’ support for the people of Haiti in this challenging time."

The big picture: Haiti police so far has detained at least 18 suspects as part of its investigation into Moïse's assassination.

  • Several of the suspects are former members of the Columbia's military, and at least three are Haitian Americans with ties to the U.S.

Go deeper: Psaki says U.S. "stands ready" to support Haiti in wake of assassination

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Updated Oct 10, 2021 - World

Taliban: U.S. will give humanitarian aid but withhold recognition

Displaced children are seen at Herat Refugee Camp in Herat on Sept. 16. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The U.S. will send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan even as the Biden administration continues to withhold formal recognition of the Taliban, the group's leaders announced on Sunday, AP reports.

Of note: State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in an emailed statement that the two sides discussed the U.S. providing "robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people" during talks in Qatar that concluded Sunday.

Taliban won't work with U.S. to rein in extremist groups

Afghan Taliban members inspect the site of an explosion at a mosque in Kunduz on Oct. 8. Photo: Ajmal Kakar/Xinhua via Getty Images

The Taliban said on Saturday it will not work with the U.S. to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, AP reports.

Why it matters: The remarks come as a U.S. delegation meets on Saturday and Sunday with senior Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar.

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U.S. and NATO answer Putin in writing while bracing for Ukraine invasion

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals on Wednesday to advance a "diplomatic path forward," even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days.

Why it matters: This is a delicate diplomatic balancing act. The U.S. and NATO want to show they're serious about diplomacy but unwilling to compromise on "core principles" — all without providing Vladimir Putin with an additional pretext for escalation.